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renowned chez panisse is promising to get her beloved restaurant back in business quickly following that early morning fire. abc7 news reporter kira klapper is live. a sprinkler saved the restaurant? >> that is right. in fact, one little sprinkler at the front of the restaurant saved the entire building from going up in flames. look at this damage. we just learned that chez panisse will be closed through the weekend. customers are saddened this treasure, this famous destination where california cuisine began is damaged. the most heartbroken of them all is founder, alice waters. >> i feel shaky, but i'm...i'm just glad no one was in the building. >> acclaim chef is finding good in the fire that burned only the dining area of chez panisse. she knows it could be worst she cannot hold back the tears thinking about this part of the restaurant that had been there since she founded the world renowned destination more than 40 years ago. >> very historic piece that has...has disappeared in the flames. >> the flames sparked beneath the porch in the early morning hours after workers had gone h
famous restaurants. this is p chez panisse in berkeley. >> still an active scene. let me show you what is happening in front of chez panisse, this is an all wood fire. this fire is causing a lot of concern. it is mostly the exterior and it did get in the building and it is a while before the restaurant can open up again for business. we will take you through what happened. first call came in just after 3:00 this morning. someone saw flames and smoke coming from the outside of the building. called 911. the battalion chief was in the area. he was the first to arrive here and describe for us what he saw. >> i was the first on scene and we arrived in five minutes and had the whole front of the building on the first floor and down the south side of the building on the first floor. and with flames lapping up to the second floor. what had happened, this building is chez panisse, the restaurant. we have the manager that i am going to meet with. and discuss further what is going on. they are going to be out of business for some time. there is is some flame impingement to the area of the buildin
the >> in berkeley, landmark restaurant, chez panisse caught fire. our news reporter is live on the scene. kira klapper, what do you have to report? >> cease committee caught fire -- chez panisse caught fire early this morning. the world renowned chez panisse indicate fire here in berkeley this morning. we have video from two hours ago. crews arrived on the scene and found the fire starts outside and quickly spread to the second floor. the kitchen, though, is in the rear of the building so it is mysterious as to what started the fire the no one was here at the time. firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to next door businesses. they are actually touching the restaurant. crews told abc7 news this morning. >> at this point, it appears to be an exterior fire that was working its way on the interior. our fire investigators arrived on the scene and said they would do a further investigation and it will be, they will be able to determine if it was completely on the exterior or some other cause. >> many questions remain, the investigation, of course, is in the early stages here at ali
are following on early morning restaurant fire at an eastbound bay landmark, chez panisse and who will not be open for business any time soon. >> abc7 news starts right now with live breaking news. >> the breaking news is from berkeley where a culinary landmark, chez panisse has suffered major damage in a fire. >> abc7 news reporter is live on scene with new information. kira klapper? >> good morning, to you. the acting deputy fire chief says there is not as much damage as originally thought. they are still wrapping up what the crew is doing on the scene and say just the front of the restaurant where there is a small eating area is damaged and will be closed for a few weeks. the rest of the restaurant seems to be okay. we have video after the file starts after 3:00 this morning, they are now saying that they thing the fire starts below the restaurant, below because the restaurant is raised slightly above ground. firefighters, fortunately, responded quickly and were able to keep the fire from spreading to next door businesses. we still do not know much. here is what they told abc7
to their death. >> also, we continue to follow the breaking news. a fire at the maim fuss chez panisse restaurant in -- at the famous p chez panisse restaurant and it shows even more damage. >>> we're continuing to follow break news for you here in berkley. take a look behind me. that's the chez panisse. the landmark in the city. it caught fire. we'll tell you what we're learning about the damage inside. >> what you can expect coming up. >> overnight news only on 2. a violent home invasion robbery in san francisco. >> in a few hours the city will come in and tear down a homeless encampment in san jose but still people holding their ground. we'll tell you more about what's going to be happening. >>> well good morning. it's is friday. a day personally made for pam cook. >> thank you. >> it's friday march 8th. i'm dave clark. >> good morning. i'm pam cook. thank you for joining us. get to sleep in tomorrow. it's international women's day add. so happy international women's day. >> congratulationses to you. >> thank you. >> in honor of that, how about we warm it up. >> nice. >> we'll warm it up. it'
, hopefully they can get customers back soon. cate caugiran live for us at chez panisse in berkeley, thanks. >>> a woman has confessed to killing a man inside his san jose home. 70-year-old stanley jacobson was found stabbed to death in his room at hilton manor senior apartments. he was reported missing last month but no one noticed his body until yesterday. he was found under the mattress of his fold-out sofa bed and family said they had searched the apartment before but yesterday the smell helped them find him. >> you didn't smell anything? >> yes, it smelled like garbage and yeah, but he wasn't decaying that much at that point. today you really smelled the decay. >> jacobson's 47-year-old girlfriend regina butler was arrested yesterday after she returned to the home. the family thought she was stealing his social security checks. >>> it is moving day for dozens of homeless camping on public property down in the south bay. kpix 5 reporter anne makovec now in san jose where warnings went out several days ago but a lot of people don't want to
on the damage at chez panisse. that's just ahead. >> we're 30 minutes until the sunrise and i expect sunnier skies in the forecast for your friday. what you can expect in your area, coming up mom, i invited justin over for lunch. good. no, not good. he's a vegetarian and he's going to be here in 20 minutes! [ mom ] don't stress. we can figure this out. ♪ [ male announcer ] get the speed to make a great first impression. call today to get u-verse high speed internet for as little as $14.95 a month for 12 months with a one-year price guarantee. this is delicious. ♪ [ male announcer ] save the day in an instant. at&t. ♪ >>> good morning. it happened just hours ago. the small fire that's making big news in berkley. >> we have chilling new details on a home invasion here in san francisco from the victim of that crime. >> the last bit of wet weather is winding down. i'll have what you can expect for today and your weekend coming up. >> in just a couple of hours, a huge homeless encampment in san jose will be cleared out by the city. many homeless are still here. you'll hear from one of the h
at a restaurant. it's located at the "chez panisse" restaurant on the 15-hundred block of shattuck avenue. no word yet on how the questioned on what exactly led up to the shooting. the suspect still on the loose. new information in the lion attack. that left a 24- year old woman dead. at an exotic animal park sanctuary in fresno. officials say, an intern named dianna hanson was cleaning a lion's cage while talking on her cell phone when she was killed. this is video of the lion's cage where she was attacked by this 550- pound african lion named "cous- cous." officials say, the lion was able to use its paw to lift a partially closed door and escape the smaller cage he was in. the coroner says, she was killed by a paw swipe that broke her neck. the lion was killed on site. burglars have ripped off a charitable organization in concord. breaking into the agency's warehouse in martinez. stealing and destroying close to 100- thousand dollars worth of gifts and furniture for the needy. this is video of volunteers setting up a past event for the non-profit group called - "christmas for e
the porch. it really did save the restaurant this time. >> it is not the first fire at chez panisse. the last fire was 31 years and a day ago. she said that fire started in the fireplace between the dining room and kitchen. memories that haunt her today. >> it was right before my partner died and...it has a lot of...a lot of emotional sadness. >> insurance saved the restaurant then. waters assures she will be fine this time. she will rebuild and perhaps expand, with devoted diners look forward to that day. >> she will be rebuilding and it will be beautiful. she believes in excellence and quality. that place will be as beautiful as before if not even better. >> chose announced they are canceling all reservations through manner 31 and she would like to re-open the undamaged portion of the restaurant, the upstairs cafe as soon as possible but the problem is in order to do that she has to figure out how to rebuild the downstairs hall so people can get upstairs and enjoy the culinary destination while the downstairs porch goes under a much longer transformation to be used once again. rep
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in the future. >> an early morning fire at world renowned chez panisse, with the latest on the extent of the damage and what fire officials say may have saved the restaurant from being damaged entirely and alice waters, just arrived to survey the damage. >> partly to mostly clear conditions this morning with the rain ending and temperatures are cool today the we talking mid-50's at our coast, to the lower 60's in our warmest locates with a warming trend for the weekend and beyond with that for you after the break. >> we go live, now, to the abc7 news traffic center to the bay bridge toll plaza and metering lights are on but you can see a minor backup here, friday lite, and we have an update on the situation westbound 24 in oakland with early metal debris and a new accident in >> live from the kgo-tv broadcast center this is abc7 news. >> happy friday at 6:30. we made it through the week. it feels great. we are following our breaking news from berkeley. the chez panisse has had a fire. but, first the dry conditions. >> the rain is over. good morning, everyone, you can see live doppler
avenue on the north side of town. kpix 5 reporter cate caugiran is live at the scene at chez panisse to tell us the latest. >> reporter: the fire is under control. we know that investigators are currently on scene and they are trying to figure out how this happened. right now firefighters do not have a cause. we do know when berkeley fire first arrived on scene, they say the entire front part of the restaurant was covered in flames. firefighters got the call just after 3:00 this morning. the flames caused the sprinklers to go off and berkeley fire tells me the sprinklers played a key role in keeping this fire at bay. we are told if they had not gone off, the building could have become a complete loss. the public information officer says at this point it appears the fire started from the outside and we asked him if that made it suspicious. but he says at this point, it is too soon to tell. firefighters are trying to assess the damage and save what they can. you may note that this is chez panisse. this restaurant is well known for its use of local o
that? chez panisse restaurant in berkeley. firefighters were called out >>> a damaging fire closes the iconic chez panisse restaurant in berkeley. firefighters were called to the world famous eatery about 3 a.m. they think that it could have been burning for a few hours before that. the porch, the outside dining area, received the most damage. a single sprinkler saved the inside of the restaurant. co-owner alice waters had to come see the damage for herself and the sight brought her to tears. >> all the beams are charred and the porch and -- the porch is gone. we have to rebuild. >> had it not been for that single sprinkler, we probably would have more significant damage. >> waters plans to open the cafe part of chez panisse as soon as possible. as for rebuilding, she says they may extend the dining room out to the porch area and actually expand the restaurant. >>> a walnut creek man who recently lost his job can stop looking for work now. he just won $33 million. he said he usually picks up a bag of pumpkin seeds when he stops by the heather f
walker is live with more on how chez panisse helped transform a neighborhood. >> reporter: the restaurant is a major part of this restaurant. >> you never know who you're going to see. >> reporter: even presidents. >> i saw clinton walk in there. >> reporter: a fire here this morning claimed the iconic restaurants front porch. one of the neighborhood's key ingredients. >> an institution, it's been here so long and it represents a lot to the gourmet ghetto. >> reporter: the affectionally named gourmet ghetto is a place where people stop slow down to smell the roses. >> it used to be about politics and forces and now it's all about food. >> reporter: the original pete's coffee, chez panisse and the cheese platter. >> we hope that if it gets busy, we'll be ready. >> reporter: if pizza is the gourmet food, then chez painesse is a farm to table because they leave big tips. one of the tasty benefits having this sidewalk office in the gourmet ghetto. >> reporter: now it's going to take some time to make repairs to the lower level of chez panisse. but waters took to tweeter and said, we hope to h
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. it happened at chez panisse early this morning while most the damage is to the outside of the building the restaurant will likely be closed for some time. we are on the scene and just finished talking to the owner of chez panisse. >> reporter: she is very shaken by what happened. she was kind enough to toccatas. i know you just toured the vehicle. i know it was difficult. tell us how your restaurant looks this morning. >> i think -- we are very lucky that it happened in the middle of the night and nobody was there and nobody was hurt. the front porch of the restaurant is completely gone. i mean it's completely burned. it happened under the porch somehow. they don't know how. i think it -- it can be rebuilt. i think it's -- [inaudible] thank you. i think the cafe is intact. the big beams over the building have been saved and so i'm -- i feel very -- like we are very lucky. >> reporter: i know you said when you walked through it was emotional. its been here since 1971, a long time. you have been through a fire before and maybe those experiences made you -- survive this one better. >> a
around 3:00 this morning a fire broke out at chez panisse restaurant on the 1500 block of shattuck ave. we will now go live with will tran who is at the scene. >> for now, the fire is out. the chief is giving the owner a tour of the restaurant. he has cooked for a lot of famous people including the president. we do not know when this restaurant will reopen. here is video that we received. this is when they allowed us to get closer to the scene. according to the chief he stated that the fire started on the outside under the floorboards. the sprinklers inside the restaurant kick then to prevent the fire from born severely into the building. more of the damages on the outside than inside. there is damage on one of the floors but, they just have to go inside and look at the possible damage to the equipment but that is about it. we are waiting to hear from the chief as well as owner. this restaurant is not totally destroyed. it can be fixed. >> what about the people will have booked locations in advance? >> when she comes over she may go into detail. i will let you know when she comes out.
a look at the fire damage at chez panisse firsthand. >> the extent of the damage is really the front porch, which, of course was built from the very beginning by beautiful woodworkers and so it's a very historic piece that has -- that has disappeared. >> reporter: overnight smoke and flames poured from the front and side of the popular berkeley restaurant. firefighters knocked it down quickly and pointed out the good fortune of a well-placed sprinkler. >> had it not been for that single sprinkler, we probably would have had significantly greater amount of damage. >> reporter: water, known for her california cuisine, said on the advice of a builder sherks had it installed. >> i didn't want any sprinklers because it would destroy the look of the downstairs. and he said, you know, it's all wood. and i'm going to build a light fixture around the sprinkler so that you won't notice it. >> reporter: she said there was a fire here in 1982, and this reminds her of that ordeal. once again picking up the pieces. >> it was frightening for my -- my partner died. and it has a lot of promotional ju
back tears the owner of chez panisse agonizes over a fire in her restaurant. >> vowing to reopen and repair her landmark restaurant as soon as people. -- possible. wayne? >> this is a world class restaurant. a destination restaurant. they call it a bucket list restaurant this, would be the time diners would be coming in having waited for weeks and months for their reservation buzz no one could plan for the fire, especially owner, alice waters. >> i'm heart broken. >> bit time alice waters spoke with reporters this afternoon, flames had long vanished and investigators thought they found the cause. a faulty electrical box beneath front porch. >> underneath that area was fire burning on the right side of the building and up the wall to the first floor eves. >> it's the second fire in 31 years at the fabled restaurant just three hours past the anniversary of the first one. the fire broke out in front of a then-empty building. >> koit have been 200 people in the building at one time. so that is a great relief. >> nor is the damage as bad as it looked outside. a sprinkler doused flames
is hoping to be back in business after spending the night making repairs at chez panisse. an electrical fire was racing through the ground floor. john alston shows understanding the main upstairs dining room is still intact. >> reporter: instead of dleigtd the friday night dinner crowd. they were boarding up windows and among the disappointed was jamie drake that was planning to have a birthday dinner here. >> the reservations are tough to get. yeah, what better place to go to chez panisse for your birthday. that was the plan. we are lucky we live down the street. we will come back. >> reporter: the fire started just after 3:00 in the morning. the apparent cause was a faulty electrical box. the main dining room is fine thanks to a sprinkle system but the front porch will need repair work. it opened in 1971 and most famous restaurant on shadock avenue. owner alice waters hopes to open next weekend. >> it's rebuilding to the upstairs but i can see the upstairs could open very soon if we find some way to camouflage the front of the building. >> throughout the evening, people stopped to look at
to chez panisse could have been much worse in the fire. >> reporter: mow of the damage was in the front porch area, the outside dining area. the inside was saved thanks to a single sprinkler. >> the porch is gone. we have to rebuild. >> reporter: the alice waters walked through what was left of the front porch. >> it reminded me of the first time, no lights in the building. it's just, uhm, the whole part of the front of the downstairs dining room is very torn apart. >> reporter: a fire in 1982 took down a wall and it brought up heavy emotions. >> it focuses attention on what's important. it's like i guess i have to pay attention to my home. >> reporter: the restaurant has been here since 1971. it's known for starting california's cuisine and using local and organic products. the good news is, thanks to a single sprinkler, the restaurant will continue. >> had it not been for that sprinkler, we probably would have significantly more damage because from the char that's on the structural members underneath the front area, it looked like
this morning. this is the front of chez panisse. it's heavily damaged but sprinklers help save most of the restaurant inside. >> homeless people camped on public land in san jose. expected to be evicted this morning. the city warned dozens of homeless several days ago of the impending sweep. they have to get out today. >>> police are serving warrants in oakland. the sweep began this morning. police are not saying what it's all about. but they plan to give more details when the operation is complete. >> got your traffic and weather forecast, coming up. you can't move the tv there. yuh-huh. we have a wireless receiver. listen. back in my day, there was no u-verse wireless receiver that let you move the tv away from the tv outlet. we can move it to the kitchen, the patio, the closet and almost anywhere. why would you want a tv in the closet? [ both laugh ] ♪ ♪ [ fancy voice ] brilliant idea, darling. ♪ ♪ [ female announcer ] the wireless receiver. get u-verse tv for just $19 a month for 1 year when you bundle tv and internet. rethink possible. >>> good
and expand the restaurant. as for re-opening chez panisse, waters said she hopes to open the cafe portion of the restaurant as soon as possible. in berkeley, cate caugiran, kpix 5. >> early estimates show the cost of the damage is between $150,000 and $200,000. >>> early-morning raids in oakland netted at least 12 suspects linked to some of the city's most violent crimes. the bust began early this morning around 5:00 in more than a dozen locations across the town and around the bay area. in addition to the arrests, authorities see several guns -- seized several guns. local officers collaborated with federal agents from the fbi, atf and the dea. >> we can't do it alone. so in addition to all of our federal, state and local partners that have joined us today, we have commitments from them to be here as long as necessary so that they can help us reduce violent crime in oakland. >> officers are still looking for at least 7 more suspects. >>> well, police in san jose have shut down a massive tent city. hundreds of homeless are being told to leave and as kpi
. >> thank you, jodi. we have more information about chez panisse, it was founded in 1971 and named for a french film character. the restaurant has earned best restaurant in america in 2001. alice waters was named best chef in america for her work at the restaurant in 1992. >>> clear skies and beautiful day. let's check in. >> quite the change from around this time last night, we are seeing the rain pushing in. it's windy right now as high pressure is building in from the west. we are seeing temperatures mostly in the 50s and santa rosa jumping in the 50s. and down to 51 in livermore. through oakland and down towards sfo, the gusts are close to 40 miles an hour. 35 winds in novato, we should see the wind speeds come in. a slight risk of one more chance of showers and we will show you where coming up in our future cast, and hour by hour forecast. tomorrow, will be continued clearing, dry, gusty in the hills and then the headline, sunday into next week, warming temperatures we should see plenty of 70s in the forecast. right now, the radar is relatively dry, if you look off to the east
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at the extensive damage. and when the famed "chez panisse" will reopen. plus: new information tonight about the victim in a deadly lion mauling. and: thousands of jobs added last month. but what do the new numbers mean? we break it down for you. coming up. >> in san jose. police say they've solved two recent murder cases in the city. this person is behind bars, accused of a stabbing a man to death. this is video from our helicopter partnership with abc7 news. the victim, in his twenties, was found near guadalupe oak grove park on wednesday. an arrest also made in another murder. this woman is behind bars -- accused of stabbing her boyfriend to death in his apartment. this was the scene yesterday. the victim -- who suffered from dementia-- went missing in early february. police say at some point over the last few weeks, he showed up without anyone noticing. and was killed. this marked san jose's eighth homicide of the year. >> new tonight-- operators of the cat haven wildlife sanctuary say they will re-open on sunday. just four days after the death of volunteer dianna hansen. hansen was kill
restaurant chez panisse hopes to open next weekend. the restaurant is closed after a fire early yesterday morning in the front porch and entryway. investigators say they believe it was caused by a wiring problem. damage is estimated at 150 to $200,000. customers say chez panisse helped define the community. the area is nicknamed gourmet ghetto because of the high concentration of fine eating. pete's coffee open there's in 1966. chez company in 1971. >> used to be about politics and protests and now it's all about the food. local. >> it runs along shaddock avenue. >> time 7:07. we didn't get as much rain as we need but it's shaping up to be a beautiful weekend. if someone is ready for sun. >> we are going to warm it up. we are drying it out. . we have nice weather in store for outside. a lot of little leagues getting out early this morning. bundle up. bring extra layers, we have a chilly start out there. giving you a live look at the bay bridge and city of san francisco in the backdrop. most of us waking up with mostly clear skies, little bit of patchy fog and over the south bay and ar
:00 this morning a fire broke out at chez panisse restaurant. >> you concede that it has been roped off and the damages on the outside. if they put out the fire all ar 4:00 the investigators are now here to determine how the fire started and they have determined that the fire started from the outside of the building. about 25 minutes ago we talked to the owner alice will terse who is world famous. she called for other politicians as well as president obama. she's came out after getting a tour of the damage. she was very emotional. >> the restaurant is safe. this is the first time the this has happened. it has a lot of memories. the fire, the firemen came man and put the fire out. the extent of the damage is just a fort portion. this is a very historic building. >> i can tell you doordaria that this was her baby. she was very saddened that this happened. she stated that it is not a lot of damage to the inside thanks to the sprinklers they can to prevent the fire from going farther. she stated she is not sure when the restaurant will reopen but she will do that once the fire department le
chez panisse closed. wayne what a shame. >> this is a destination restaurant. one home of california cuisine this, is where diner woz be coming in. anyone would won't know would see crews boarding up the front and knocking down windows. people want reservations tonight goring to have to wait. this would have been a special day for trudy. >> he's parking. >> he's park something. >> yes. >> the early morning fire surprised a lot of people. none more than alice waters, investigators believe it start md an electric box beneath the historic wooden front porch. flames soared 12 feet up but a sprinkler kept them from spreading. >> it's a miracle that beams are intact. >> the queen of california qeez yeen cooked for presidents and influenced again raigs of chefz. good news in this trauma is that upstairs dining room remains intact. she hopes to have it open sooner than later but not this weekend. >> we'll be back. she'll be back. bummer is what it s. >> -- is. >> and the bummer that sthair getting it back in shape. windows boarded up through broken glass. and good news is that she did have i
private gun sales. >> fire at chez panisse q no word on when it might reopen. >> the $33 million lotto winner that kept her hair appointment today and she's not the one in the chair. >> good evening, i'm dan ashley. a major crime sweep in the east bay. >> lokland police snatched a dozen violent criminals off the streets. cops swooped in before dawn, right sf. >> police say they do d.not work alone calling it a multi agency task force resulted in recovery of weapons and the arrest of suspects that they identify as violent. >> police conducted a series of sweeps, serving 24 high-risk search warrants. 20 in oakland two,, antioch, one, pacifica, one in, brentwood. >> there are key people we knew were involved in shootings we've targeted nor operation. and those are the people we went after today. >> multiple firearms were recovered. police say they're searching for a half dozen more suspects. >> attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon. >> the deputy chief gave no details and the list continues and the names of the gangs police say are responsible are names heard before. this video p
chez panisse caught fire this morning and you can see the owner alice waters right there, arriving an hour ago to inspect the damage. it appears the fire starts under neath and spread to the front porch of the stunt and a single sprinkler kept the fire from severely damaging the rest of the building or the kitchen. >> new the morning commute, friday, sue, is it light? >> it is relatively light with a couple of trouble spots. also, san mateo bridge, eastbound direction, fortunately, the non-come mute direction, had an early stadium on the high-rise in the median and this section is moving nicely but westbound is a little sluggish but still nice to the foster city area. early accident in richmond has been clear with slow traffic toward the richmond parkway, and that should be thinning out shortly and we have a new situation in castro valley, eastbound 580. >> thank you, >> good morning, here is the view from mount tamalpais, sunny and nice but on the cool side. we are talking mid-30's, napa, santa rosa, and warmer toward our east bay and south bay but holding on to the clouds. today,
chez panisse is closed. and the community is in shock. the fire started at 3 in the morning. here is video from overnight. just as fire fighters got on scene. no one was hurt. ---- but the damage is extensive. but -- chef alice waters tells kron 4 the restaurant will reopen kron4's justine walmdan is live tongiht at the scene of the fire. justine? >> reporter: people cannot believe that this restaurant in berkeley burned. they are going to abort this up and make it safe. it is busy in the very emotionalism alice waters said that she promised that they will rebuild. >> i am heartbroken. >> chart floors, stained and a crushed alice waters. higher overnight. he believed to be electrical. the eating area is badly burned. the bulk of the space and the kitchen is fined. >> the rest of the building is flying. i am hoping within this next week. >> what a shame. >> a berkeley icon since 1971 dozens of people stop, the restaurant to see the damage. >> we came from las vegas just a couple of hours ago. the plan was to be here for lunch. it is horrible! >> it is a berkeley institution. not on
damages berkley's famous chez panisse restaurant. the friday morning blaze caused up to 200-thousand dollars in damage. investigators believe it was electrical wiring under the building's porch that started the fire. a sprinkler system inside the restaurant helped stop the fire from spreading to the rest of the building. owner alice waters hopes to reopen as soon as next >> alameda county prosecutors are sorting through evidence from a gang raid that led to nearly 20 arrests. state, local and federal officials worked together on "operation cease-fire." it's a crime-fighting plan meant to help avoid a war between violent gangs mostly based in oakland. local prosecutors say they're doing their best to quickly process those >> "the prosecutors from my office will spend this weekend and the next few days working closely with law enforcement, in particular the oakland police officers.both going through the reports and the evidence so that we can file the charges that are supported by the evidence, and bring justice to oakland." this operation was weeks in the planning. officials say they
now mopping up after an overnight fire at chez panisse restaurant located in berkeley. we have a look at the damage left behind. that fire started about 3:00 this morning. fire crews fortunately arrived very quebickly and knocked it down. a sprinkler helped contain the fire and it looks like the restaurant will in fact be salvageable. we had a chance to talk to a few workers who were simply stunned. >> surprise and shock especially at 5:00 in the morning. >> i think i'm still in shock. >> we'll still sort of trying to process. >>> meantime firefighters trying to figure out exactly how the fire started. chez panisse was co-founded by chef alice waters and features organic local sustainable foods. speaking of sustainable, we're hoping the weather and sunshine will be. christina loren is here to tell us about that. good morning. >> it will be. good morning to you, jon. good morning to you at home. a live look here at the bay bridge. nice clear start to the day in san francisco. we've got fog to show you in sunol. travel cautiously throughout the east bay interior valleys. not a lot of fo
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